Japanese Government: End participation in US and Israel warmongering!
We, representing those who hope just peace in Palestine all over the world, declare the following statement to protest to the recent Japanese Government's decision to participate in workshare for F-35 fighter jet which is to be used by Israel toward Palestinians and other peoples, making a dangerous exception to its decades-long arms exports restrictions. Please sign the petiton (below the statement) to the persons in charge!
(see also the Palestinian BNC letter to Japanese PM)
Statement: Japan must end participation with US and Israel warmongering!
We are deeply concerned with the recent decision of the Japanese government to make a crucial exception to its decades-long policy of strict arms export control by allowing Japanese companies to contribute to the manufacturing of the US F-35 fighter jet which in turn will be exported to Israel.
Since 1967, Japan has adhered to a commendable policy of prohibition of weapons exports to "countries involved in or likely to be involved in international conflicts" as part of its efforts to promote international peace in conformity with Japanese Constitutional Law which vowed to "renounce war." Therefore, breaking these principles, particularly in the case of Israel, a country implicated in war crimes and crimes against humanity in the course of its oppression of the Palestinian people, marks a dangerous and deplorable shift to Japanese foreign policy.
The F-35 fighter jet will very likely be used by the the Israeli military in its warmongering against Palestinian, Lebanese and other Arab peoples as seen during the recent assault against the besieged Palestinians of Gaza. Furthermore, the F-35 is a key instrument of the failed American war machine that has destabilized the world and decimated lives. Japanese participation in this project will come at a cost of the lives of Palestinians, Afghans and other innocent peoples around the world.
Therefore, we demand that:
1. the Japanese government immediately rescind its decision to participate in the manufacturing for the F-35 fighter jet and make explicit its prohibition of arms export to Israel as a country that wages war;
2. Japanese companies, including Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd. who is to be the main contractor for the F-35, refuse to participate in this project or be the target of international boycotts for complicity with the Israeli occupation, colonization and apartheid against the Palestinian people.
Agence Media Palestine (France)
Al-Awda, the Palestine Right to Return Coalition
Al-Jisr -- The Bridge (Japan)
Artists Against Occupation
Association for support of Al Ahli Arab Hospital (Japan)
Association to Keep Article 9 (Japan)
ATTAC Kansai (Japan)
Boycott Israeli Apartheid Campaign - Vancouver (Canada)
Boycott! Supporting the Palestinian BDS call from Within (Israeli citizens for BDS)
Campaign against Nuclear weapons and Missile defence (Japan)
Campagne Civile Internationale pour la Protection du Peuple Palestinien (CCIPPP France)
Canada Palestine Association
Citizens Asociation against Revising Constitution (Japan)
Coalition Against Israeli Apartheid (Toronto, Canada)
Committee on Social Concerns of the United Church of Christ in Japan (UCCJ), Osaka District
Echo-Echanges ONG France-Japon
International Jewish Anti-Zionist Network
Ireland-Palestine Solidarity Campaign
Joint Trade Union for Christian Workers (Japan)
Jordan Communist Party
Jordanian Democratic Popular Unity Party
Jordanian Social Forum
Jordanian Social Left Movement
Kansai Common Action (Japan)
National Lawyers Guild International Committee (US)
National Lawyers Guild Free Palestine Subcommittee (US)
National Progressive Movement (Jordan)
Netherlands Palestine Committee (NPK)
Palestine Forum Japan
Palestine Peace Solidarity (South Korea)
Palestine Solidarity Network-Edmonton (Canada)
Palestine Solidarity - Sapporo (Japan)
Palestinian Youth Movement in Jordan
Progressive Arab Block in Universities and Colleges (Jordan)
Queers Against Israeli Apartheid - Vancouver (Canada)
Samidoun Palestinian Prisoner Solidarity Network
School Students Union (AJIAL) (Jordan)
Students Against Israeli Apartheid - Toronto (Canada)
Toronto Students for Justice in Palestine (Canada)
US Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel
Vermonters for a Just Peace in Palestine/Israel (US)
Viva Palestina Malaysia
Voice of Palestine (Canada)
Winnipeg Coalition Against Israeli Apartheid (Canada)
Youth and Student Forces Supporting Resistance and Against Normalization (Jordan)
- Chief Cabinet Secretary SUGA Yoshihide
- Chief Representative of New Komeito Party YAMAGUCHI Natsuo
- Prime Minister ABE Shinzo
- Foreign Minister KISHIDA Fumio
- Defence Minister Itsunori ONODERA
I demand that Japan should stop the workshare deal for F-35 which is to be exported to Israel and keep the principled restriction on arms exports to the "countries involved in or likely to be involved in international conflicts." I sincerely urge you that this deal means to participate in the war profiteering by the US and Israel and in the war of aggression towards Palestinians and other peoples.
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